Image:Cal Stewart with paper.jpg|thumb|300px|Cal Stewart as Uncle Josh Weathersby, circa 1900.
'''Cal Stewart''' (b. 1856 Charlotte County, Virginia
, d. December 7, 1919) was a pioneer in vaudeville
and early sound recordings
. He is best remembered for his comic monologues in which he played "Uncle Josh" Weathersby, a resident of a mythical New England
farming town called "Pumpkin|Punkin
Born in Charlotte County, Virginia
in 1856, Stewart spent his early life working in circuses, medicine shows and vaudeville to great acclaim as "Uncle Josh Weathersby from Way Down East". It was on the road that he befriended Mark Twain
and later Will Rogers
, two men who shared similar wit in comedy.
Around 1897, Edison Records|Thomas Edison's studios
hired him to cut several cylinder recordings of his famous speeches and songs. They were well received by the public, and launched an entire series of recordings based on...